British GP gets underway in Silverstone for the Repsol Honda Team2016-09-03 15:52
On the first day of the British Grand Prix, characterized by cool temperatures and cloudy skies, Marc Marquez was satisfied with his pace on the harder Michelin tyres before setting the fifth fastest lap time of the day. The Spaniard looks to continue improving the settings on his RC213V before Sunday’s race.
Teammate Dani Pedrosa remained second fastest until the hectic five final minutes of the FP2 session and finished the day in ninth with a best time of 2’02.372, just over one tenth down on his teammate and half a second from the provisional front row.
The unpredictable British weather is expected to affect tomorrow’s track action; should conditions be wet, Marc and Dani’s performances today will likely have secured them top-10 positions, which would advance them directly to QP2.
“This first day went well, especially in the afternoon. In the morning we went out with the medium front compound and quickly saw that it wasn’t the best choice in that moment, because with the track still being very cold, I crashed when riding very slowly. However, in the second session I gained confidence again, and that allowed us to work very well with the harder rear tyre, which works quite well and seems to be the one we’ll go with for the race, as long as it’s dry. We still need to continue working on the setup and understand the soft rear tyre a little better. The important thing is that I’m feeling good and I have a good pace; I’m happy with how everything went.”
“Today we’ve been quite lucky with the weather as we had two full dry sessions before the rain started. It was exactly what I needed: doing as many laps as possible on this demanding track. We were able to try both the medium and soft rear tyres and that was also good. I think it’s positive to already have this feeling in the dry and we’ll see what weather we get tomorrow and what track conditions we’ll find. In any case, we’ll keep working to further improve our feeling.”
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 2'01.421
Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 0.300
Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 0.496
Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 0.611
Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 0.819
Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 0.841
Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 0.846
Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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